Novell Promises Continued Support for SuSE Linux

The company says SuSE Linux Professional will become more of a community desktop, while its upcoming Novell Linux Desktop will target business users.

As Novell Inc. moves closer to shipping its Linux Desktop, the company wants to make sure that its SuSE Linux Desktop customers understand that it will continue to be fully support that product.

The current Novell/SuSE Linux desktop, SuSE Linux Professional, will become more of a community desktop, similar to Fedora, while the Novell Linux Desktop will eventually become the companys desktop for the business market, according to Ted Haeger, the Linux Desktops director of marketing.

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However, this doesnt mean that the SuSE Linux Professional desktop is going to become a community supported Linux distribution the way Fedora is, said Kevan Barney, Novells senior manager of public relations. The "Fedora comparison was strictly related to target market," he said.

"In other words, SuSE Linux Pro is targeted to the Linux enthusiast/retail market like Fedora is, but we are going about getting our product to that market in a very different way than Red Hat is. Were going to continue to develop, support, etc., SL Pro for that market, as we, and SuSE before, have always done," Barney said.

While Fedora has gained some popularity as a community Linux, SuSE users have no desire to see their desktop follow in its footsteps.

People "are jumping to the conclusion that that means were turning SL Pro over to the community for caretaking, like Red Hat has done with Fedora. And people dont like that idea," Barney said.

That has never been Novells intent, he said.

The forthcoming Novell Linux desktop will be based on the Linux 2.6 kernel and offer customers a choice of either the KDE 3.3 or GNOME 2.6 desktop.

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